Cluster Analysis and Data Mining: An Introduction

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  • R.S. King
  • Mercury Learning
  • 2015

Cluster analysis is used in data mining and is a common technique for statistical data analysis used in many fields of study, such as the medical & life sciences, behavioral & social sciences, engineering, and in computer science. This book is applicable to either a course on clustering and classification or as a companion text for a first class in applied statistics.


  • Puts emphasis on illustrating the underlying logic in making decisions during the cluster analysis
  • Brings out the related applications of statistics: Ward’s method (ANOVA), JAN (regression analysis & correlational analysis), cluster validation (hypothesis testing, goodness-of-fit, Monte Carlo simulation, etc.)
  • Includes separate chapters on JAN and the clustering of categorical data

About the Author

Spanning a career of four decades of teaching and administration at multiple universities, Dr. Ron King brings a unique perspective to the fields of statistics, computer science, and information systems. His lifetime career publications have made numerous contributions to these fields and he currently teaches online courses for Tarleton State University.

In this Book

  • Introduction to Cluster Analysis
  • Overview of Data Mining
  • Hierarchical Clustering
  • Partition Clustering
  • Judgmental Analysis
  • Fuzzy Clustering Models and Applications
  • Classification and Association Rules
  • Cluster Validity
  • Clustering Categorical Data
  • Mining Outliers
  • Model-Based Clustering
  • General Issues


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